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Characters: Marvel Cinematic Universe

This page lists characters that appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

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Universal Enemies

     The Chitauri 

The Chitauri

Film Appearances: The Avengers

A mysterious race of cyborg aliens in the employment of Loki and the Other. They invade Earth in The Avengers.
  • Alien Blood: It's purple.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: As Thor notes, they exist solely to wage war and chaos.
  • Another Dimension: Or at least a "new universe", if Erik Selvig's comment in The Avengers is anything to go by.
  • Arm Cannon: The cannons that some of the Chitauri have (including the eponymous Item 47) seem to be fit around their arms to fire one-handed. They, however, do not seem to actually be the arm, since an arm falls out when Captain America chops it off of one of them.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: Their main transport is the Leviathan, a gigantic flying serpent-like creature that carries hundreds of soldiers and can fly through skyscrapers. It takes huge amounts of explosive or electrical damage to put one down. Or one Hulk punch and a several Stark missiles.
    • Or blow one up from inside.
  • Bayonet Ya: Their infantry sport them on their rifles.
  • Blood Knight: They grow restless when denied war, to the point where they'll attack each other. The tactical problems with this are summed up in a deleted scene:
    Loki: Your force lacks... finesse.
    Other: Our warriors are fearless! They welcome a glorious death.
    Loki: That may actually be the problem.
  • Boom Stick: Their standard infantry blast lances seem to be staves with the ability to fire out blue blasts of energy.
  • Canon Immigrant: While the Chitauri are (loosely) based on an alien race in the Ultimate Marvel universe, it's this version of them that's making the leap into the classic Marvel Universe.
    • Ret Canon: In Hunger, the Ultimate Universe's Chitauri's true forms are revealed to look more like the versions from the movie.
  • Cyborg: They clearly have both mechanical and organic parts, and shut down when their command ship is destroyed.
  • Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: A single nuclear warhead to their mothership halts the entire invasion.
  • Expy: Of Darkseid's Parademons. Which is fitting, since their leader, Thanos, was originally designed as a Darkseid expy.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Two varieties. One is fired from a thin spear/rifle used by Chitauri foot soldiers. The other is a powerful Arm Cannon that's mounted on Chitauri commanders and units riding in hovercraft. Both fire blue colored beams.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Barring the freaky double-thumbs and evil-looking skull-faces.
  • Keystone Army: Taking out their command ship shuts them down.
  • Martyrdom Culture: As pointed out by Loki, that's not exactly helpful for an army.
  • Mooks: Not the worst ever, not the best ever. But certainly numerous.
  • Nightmare Face: Vaguely birdlike under metal masks.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Everyone is fair game in their rampage across Manhattan.
  • Unusual User Interface: Their flying craft are piloted by a soldier connected to some kind of metal harness.

     The Other 

The Other

"We look beyond the Earth to greater worlds the Tesseract will unveil."

Portrayed By: Alexis Denisof
Film Appearances: The Avengers

A leader of the Chitauri. He acts as the liaison between his master and Loki.
  • Smug Snake: He's certain that Earth will surrender the instant his Chitauri launch their assault (see his quote). He wisely becomes more cautious of the humans after the Avengers repel the invasion. This might qualify him as a subversion, as a key characteristic of a Smug Snake is an inability to learn from their mistakes, a weakness he clearly does not share.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: From the start, he shows annoyance over working with Loki. Though, it was ultimately up to Thanos to make that decision, and gave him both his army as well as the scepter.

    Spoiler Character 

Thanos

Portrayed By: Damion Poitier

Leader of the Chitauri, who lent Loki his forces in exchange for Loki promising him the Tesseract.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has purple skin.
  • Artifact of Doom: Wants to create the Infinity Gauntlet in order to Take Over the World.
  • Bigger Bad: Definitely the most powerful villain yet seen in the MCU, and anyone familiar with his comic counterpart knows he's certainly evil, but he's not the major antagonist of any of films yet and, until The Avengers, not the direct cause of any of the conflicts of them. He's just lurking in the background. The existence of the Infinity Stones/Gems in the films all but confirms he'll step into his own as a main Big Bad eventually.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: His bright blue eyes glow slightly.
  • Galactic Conqueror: He's the one who lends Loki his planet conquering army.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He's the master of the Chitauri, and who promised Loki Earth in exchange for the Tesseract, in The Avengers.
  • Mythology Gag: In the comic books, Thanos is in love with the Personification of Death. His first onscreen appearance immediately plays off this.
    The Other: To challenge them... is to court death.
    Thanos: *smiles*
  • The Plan: Every film since The Avengers has moved forward his plan to obtain the Infinity Stones and become omnipotent.
  • The Voiceless: He has no lines during his initial onscreen appearance.
  • Slasher Smile: Upon hearing attacking Earth would be tantamount to a Suicide Mission, he grins.
  • Walking Spoiler: Explaining that he even exists spoils much of the plot of The Avengers, even if his appearance is only in The Stinger.

Others

     Stan Lee 

Stan Lee

Portrayed by: Stan Lee

A pioneer of the comic industry, Stan the Man is the creator of many of Marvel's most famous heroes and makes a cameo appearance in most of Marvel's movies.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Appears with them in Iron Man 1 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • As Himself: Except perhaps in Iron Man 1 and 2, where he may or may not have been Hugh Hefner and Larry King. Definitely not himself in Captain America, since he would been about 60 years younger at that point in time.

     Benjamin "Benny" Pollack 

Benjamin "Benny" Pollack

"I hope you are right..."

Portrayed By: Jesse Bradford
Film Appearances: Marvel One-Shots

One half of the Outlaw Couple that formed following the Battle of New York. After getting pitched the crazy idea to rob banks with his girlfriend, he went along with it reluctantly, but deep down is grateful for the chance to finally live out their dreams.

     Claire Wise 

Claire Wise

"I'm always right. And I'm always right about you."

Portrayed By: Lizzy Caplan
Film Appearances: Marvel One-Shots

Claire's had a hard life of bills, rejected dreams, and alien invasions. But when a Chitauri gun literally falls out of the sky as if as a present, she sees the chance to finally take matters into their own hands and gain the means to live like they want to.

    Spoiler Character 

The Mandarin

Portrayed By: N/A
Film Appearances: Marvel One-Shots (mentioned)

The Mandarin is the mysterious leader of the Ten Rings terrorist organization that menaced Tony in the first Iron Man film. Though Aldrich Killian's scheme to use the Mandarin's image made it seem that he was a mere fabrication, the Marvel short All Hail the King reveals that he is indeed real. He orders his subordinate Jackson Norris to break Trevor Slattery, his impostor, out of prison so he may punish him personally.
  • Bigger Bad: He's behind the Ten Rings, but hasn't yet stepped into the spotlight with any evil plans.
  • The Ghost: This character has yet to actually appear.
  • Meaningful Name: The word "Mandarin" comes from an ancient Chinese name for an "advisor to the King". See Warrior Prince for why this fits him.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Apparently, he's been around since before the Middle Ages.
  • Walking Spoiler: These are not minor spoilers, so tread carefully.
  • Warrior Prince: He's described as a warrior king who has advised powerful figures throughout human history.
  • We Wait: Jackson Norris notes that his organization has been dormant for some time.


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